The Queensland Branch of ANZAPPL was established in 2009. Membership is open to people interested in the interface between the disciplines of psychiatry, psychology and law.

All ANZAPPL members now have online full-text access to the two-monthly journal, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.

To access all issues of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law since 1994, please log onto the “members only” site.

President: Professor Mark Kebbell
Secretary: Dr Russ Scott
Treasurer: Mr Joseph Briggs
Committee Members:  Dr Gavan Palk

Dr Jane Phillips

Ms Tamara Smith


ANZAPPL (Queensland branch) Executive Profiles

Mark Kebbell is Professor of Forensic Psychology at the School of Applied Psychology Griffith University. His expertise and research is in the area of investigative psychology particularly with regards the investigation and prosecution of serious crime. Mark’s previous work has included writing the guidelines for police officers in England and Wales (with Wagstaff) for assessing witness evidence and developing risk assessment methods for suspected sex offenders for the Australian Federal Police and the Queensland Police Service.

Mark has worked on more than seventy criminal cases, principally involving murder or serious sexual assault, and has given expert evidence on numerous occasions including uncontested psychological evidence in an Old Bailey appeal case. He is a Registered Psychologist in Australia and a Chartered Forensic Psychologist in the United Kingdom. Mark is the Editor, with Professor Graham Davies, of “Practical Psychology for Forensic Investigations and Prosecutions” published by Wiley.

Russ Scott is a forensic psychiatrist and the immediate past-president of the Queensland Branch of ANZAPPL. Russ graduated in medicine before obtaining a Masters of Law (QUT) and practiced at the Queensland Bar including on retainer to the then largest professional indemnifier of doctors in Queensland. Between 2008 – 2011, Russ was the medical issues section editor of the Journal of Law and Medicine and continues to contribute regularly to Psychiatry, Psychology and Law and Australasian Psychiatry.  Russ is an accredited forensic psychiatrist and, until 2016, was the consultant to the acute male in-patient unit at The Park –  High Secure Programme and was the Chief Training Supervisor for advanced trainees in forensic psychiatry. Russ is currently a forensic psychiatrist to the Prison Mental Health Service, Queensland Health.

Joseph Briggs was admitted as a barrister in 1992 and, since 1998, has been a member of the Public Defenders’ Chambers of Legal Aid Queensland in Brisbane. Joe has considerable experience in trial courts in diverse locations including the aboriginal communities in the Gulf and Mt Isa regions on circuit. He has conducted a number of appeals in the Court of Appeal, including R v Perini, a diminished responsibility case in which there was successful appeal to the High Court in which Mr Briggs appeared as junior counsel. Joe has also conducted matters pursuant to the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act (Qld) and in criminal compensation matters and has appeared in a number of Commissions of Inquiry including the Indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment in Australia in 2016. For the many years, Joe has also practised in the Queensland Mental Health Court and has conducted over 1800 matters including numerous murders and attempted murders, and has also represented several persons who have appealed from decisions of the Mental Health Court. Joe has experience in the Mental Health Review Tribunal and is a member of the Queensland Law Society (QLS) Health and Disability Committee and helped established the QLS Ethics Sub-Committee.

Gavan Palk is forensic psychologist and barrister with a Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology) and Master of Philosophy – Applied Psychology) (University of Queensland) and has many years of expertise in the injury prevention and forensic mental health field both as a practitioner and senior research fellow at the Menzies Health Institute and Griffith University. Gavan has also held senior executive positions in the public sector and has extensive experience both as a psychologist and barrister in criminal justice fields, particularly in relation to deaths in custody and human rights abuses.  Gavan has in excess of 60 publications in peer reviewed journals and peer reviewed conferences. Gavan’s main research interests include injury prevention, violence prevention, substance misuse, forensic mental health risk assessment, psychometrics and mental health issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Gavan has supervised theses to completion for 10 PhD students, a Clinical Doctorate student and five masters students. Gavan has attracted in excess of $1 million in competitive grants.

Jane Phillips is a consultant forensic psychiatrist employed by the Queensland Community Forensic Mental Health Service, with clinical roles across the Court Liaison Service and the Police Communications Centre Mental Health Liaison Service.  Jane is the Queensland Director of Advanced Training for Forensic Psychiatry for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and is also a Senior Lecturer with the University of Queensland.  Jane provides medico-legal assessments for criminal matters, predominantly for the Mental Health Court, and also court-appointed assessments for Dangerous Prisoner (Sexual Offender) Act assessments. Jane’s qualifications include a Bachelor Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (1st class Honours Monash University, 2000), a Masters of Psychological Medicine (Monash University, 2007), Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (2008), Certificate of Advanced Training in Forensic Psychiatry (RANZCP, 2008), Graduate Diploma of Forensic Behavioural Science (Monash University, 2010) and accredited membership of the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry of the RANZCP.

Tamara Smith is a registered psychologist who is currently the Senior Clinical Coordinator of the Queensland Prison Mental Health Service. After working for Queensland Corrective Services at Moreton, Wacol and Wolston Correctional Centres, Tamara commenced work in forensic mental health in The Park –  High Secure Programme and the Community Forensic Outreach Service. Tamara has a special interest in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, intellectual disability, cognitive impairment and dual disability and works collaboratively with the Specialist Disability Services Assessment and Outreach Team. In her private practice, Tamara has a special interest in applied behavioural analysis and managing extreme and challenging behaviours.